Aimee Mattila boasts master of fine arts degrees in jewelry, metalsmithing and sculpting, and also creates meticulously crafted
But for her, none of these art forms quite matches the cathartic release of abstract art.
Mattila dips, throws and splashes paint onto a canvas and somehow produces artwork that is coherent. And for the next few months, she will reveal such visceral creations to the Wilsonville community.
Mattila's abstract art exhibit at the Clackamas Community College campus in Wilsonville opened July 1 and runs until Sept. 9.
"I do detailed illustrations, and after a while, that drives me crazy because it's so meticulous and precise," Mattila said. "For me (abstract art is) a lot more emotional and intuitive and it's a lot freer. It's kind of like you're dealing with the unknown in a way. It's this other realm that I'm playing in."
Mattila begins her artistic process by painting the entire canvas one color. Then, she hurls a mix of colors atop the first layer and finally adds a few more detailed wrinkles with her brush. The process creates unpredictable results and Mattila appropriately titled the exhibit "Delicately Controlled Chaos."
Though freeing, the unpredictability can cause trepidation.
"It's scary because I'll get this really nice canvas with this beautiful background, and then I have to take this next step and it's like 'ahh,'" she said.
One of her paintings depicts ruptures in outer space.
"It looks like the pictures of nebulas in outer space and I like the idea that there is fabric to space and it's woven and there can actually be tears," she said.
One of her biggest paintings, "Today's Energy Stream," used up a day's worth of energy to create.
"It's dynamic, and I feel like it has a good balance of everything. I feel like it's something I can look at for a while with some curiosity," Mattila said.
Through her exhibit, which she said would include 15-20 paintings, she hopes those viewing her work will feel an emotion reaction — whether positive or negative.
"Everybody has different ideas and thoughts. That doesn't concern me so much, but I'd like people to feel something," she said. "Maybe they hate it. Maybe they love it."
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